Run for Office

Information on how to become a candidate for political office.

  1. Find out who your filing office is and where they are located. Not all candidates file at the County Elections office. It depends on which elected position you’re interested in. 

  2. Pull a candidate packet. The packet contains all the forms and information you need to run for office. Get Yavapai County candidate packet here.

  3. Register your committee (if applicable) by filing a Statement of Organization. You can form a committee at any time. Find out more about forming a committee.
     

  4. File a Statement of Interest - This form must be filed before you start circulating petitions. Call 928-771-3250 for information on this form.

  5. Circulate your petitions and gather signatures. See also: Petitions.

  6. File your paperwork with the appropriate filing office. (below) 

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Filing Offices:

  • County office – receive and file paperwork with the County Elections Office in Prescott. County candidate packets are available beginning in June of the year preceding the election year. The County Candidate Packet is available online. Just fill out a simple form and download the packet. The packet can be saved on your computer, or you can sign in to the website anytime to get the forms you need.

  • Special District boards – receive and file paperwork with the County Elections Office in Prescott. Special District candidate packets are available around 180 days prior to the district’s election. The Special District Candidate Packet is available online. The packet can be saved on your computer, or you can go to the website anytime to get the forms you need.

  • Precinct Committeemen – receive and file paperwork with your County political party. Precinct Committeemen packets are available in mid-January of the election year. Precinct Committeemen packets are given to the County political party offices to distribute to interested candidates. The Precinct Committeemen Packet is available online. The packet can be saved on your computer, or you can go to the website any time to get the forms you need.

  • School Board – receive and file paperwork with the Yavapai County Education Service Agency (ESA) Office.

  • State or Federal Office – receive and file paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

  • City or Town Council Seat – receive and file paperwork with that City or Town Clerk’s office. Click here for Government Related Links.